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Birkbeck, University of London

Monday, June 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM - Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Business Week

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Fighting infobesity through statistical language models,Professor Dell Zhang 24 June 2013, 2.30pm- 3.30pm
In an era of information explosion, Professor Dell Zhang will identify how simple statisitical models can address the challenges of infobesity by organising information in an effective way.
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Raising awareness of environmental initiatives through smartphone technology, Professor George Roussos and Mitch Steprans 24 June 2013, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Our speakers will explain how Birkbeck collaborated with inmidtown to raise awareness of environmental issues and enhance the commercial viability of the local area.
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Rich or right?:The technologist's dilemma, Ken Olisa OBE 24 June 2013, 6.15pm-7.15pm
Ken Olisa will discuss the tension between value and vindication. Are technologists driven by wealth creation, or by wanting to be famous? Ken Olisa will use evidence from his own experience to explore these issues.
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Introduction to Sustainable Working Life, Professor Tom Cox 25 June 2013, 2pm-3.15pm
The Centre for Sustainable Working Life is a new development in the School of Business, Economics & Informatics focused on applied research and research related training to doctoral level. Professor Tom Cox will talk about the concept of sustainable working life.
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The Centre for Sustainable Working Life - Dr Juliet Hassard and Panel Session 25June 2013 3.30pm-5.00pm
The Centre is involved in four areas of applied research relating to well-being. Each panel member will present their project and address questions from the audience.
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Engage for Success, putting people at the heart of our approach, David MacLeod, 25 June 2013, 6.15pm-7.15pm
David MacLeod will share his views about the changing nature of workplaces and the attitudes of employees. He will briefly outline four enablers of employee engagement and why they are important in the workplace.
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The Harried Leisure Class, Have consumers in rich countries become harried in their attempt to increase the productivity of their leisure time? Professor John Driffill 26 June 2013 2.30pm-3.30pm
Professor John Driffill will discuss the idea that economic riches have led to a life of ease and leisure, but society has become faster paced, more fraught and anxious.
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Happiness and Capabilities, Professor Ron Smith 26 June 2013 4pm-5pm
Professor Ron Smith will explore some recent research in this area and the estimated relationship between capabilities and happiness.
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How can we make the economy more innovative and creative - and reduce the risk of monopoly, predation and harm? Geoff Mulgan 26 June 2013 6.15pm-7.15pm
Geoff Mulgan will argue that the recent crisis presents an opportunity for a radically different future for capitalism. By adopting new economic models, we can ensure we avoid the mistakes of the past.
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Europe and the Crisis: Hard Times for Workers, Dr Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick and Professor Richard Hyman 27 June 2.30pm- 3.30pm
The speakers will give an overview of the decline in workplace well-being as a result of the economic crises and their responses to this issue.
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The politics of mental health at work, Elizabeth Cotton 27 June 2013 4pm-5pm
Elizabeth Cotton will build upon the earlier theme and present the findings of a recent trade union-backed project on building resilience at work.
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Business in a Changing World, Willie Walsh 27 June 2013 6.15pm-7.15pm
Willie Walsh will reflect upon his experience of leading transformational change programmes in the aviation industry and show how it is possible to remain nimble, profitable and resilient in a highly competitive sector.
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 Monday 24th June 2013 6.15pm-7.15pm

 The Andrew Booth Memorial Lecture

Ken Olisa OBE : Rich Or Right?  The Technologist's Dilemma

Ken Olisa, Chairman and Founder of Restoration Partners is  a 40 year veteran of the IT industry. He began his IT career working at IBM and Wang Laboratories, then founded Interregnum plc, a technology merchant bank, in 1992 which floated in 2000.

He is also the Vice President of the  British Computing Society and the Chartered Institute of IT where he chairs the Policy & Public Affairs Board. He is Chairman of the Powerlist Foundation and a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists Livery Company.  

Ken  Olisa is Chairman of Thames Reach, a charity working to shelter and resettle the homeless in London and was awarded an OBE for his work in this capacity. 


 Tuesday 25th June 2013 6.15pm-7.15pm 

 The Alec Rodger Memorial Lecture

David MacLeod: Engage for Success, putting people at the heart of our approach

David MacLeod has a portfolio of responsibilities including Non Executive Director of the Ministry of Justice, a visiting Professor at the Cass Business School and a Fellow of Ashridge Business School. He is also an associate of the Institute for Government and a Fellow of the Institute of Marketing.

He was commissioned by the former Labour government, along with Nita Clarke, to report on employee engagement.The current coalition went on to launch a Task Force to raise the profile of employee engagement and shine a light on good practice.

David MacLeod has co-authored a book entitled "The Extra Mile" on the theme of how to engage your people to win.  




 Wednesday 26th June 2013 6.15pm-7.15pm

The Ronald Tress Memorial Lecture

Geoff Mulgan: How can we make the economy more innovative and creative  - and reduce the risks of monopoly, predation and harm ? 

Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of Nesta (the UK's National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts.) Prior to this, he spent seven years as Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation.

Geoff Mulgan has held various roles in the UK government including Director of the Government's Strategy Unit and Head of Policy in the Prime Minister's office. He was also the founder and director of the think-tank Demos.

His recent book entitled "The Locust and the Bee" is a study on the future of economic growth.


Thursday 27th June 2013 6.15pm-7.15pm

The Lord Marshall Memorial Lecture


Willie Walsh : Business in a Changing World


Willie Walsh became Chief Executive of International Airlines Group (IAG) in January 2011 and was previously Chief Executive of British Airways. IAG is one of the world's largest airline groups with more than 398 aircraft flying to 200 destinations and carrying more than 52 million passengers each year.

At British Airways, Willie Walsh guided the company to its first ever 10% operating margin and introduced permanent changes across the airline to bring it through the worst recession in aviation history.

He was previously Chief Executive at Aer Lingus and steered them through the aftermath of 9/11.


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When & Where

Clore Management Centre, School of Business, Economics & Informatics,Birkbeck College, 27 Torrington Square, London WC1E 7JL

Monday, June 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM - Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 8:30 PM

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Computer Science and Information Systems
Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
Organizational Psychology

Our Research Centres include

Birkbeck Sport Business Centre
London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics 
CfC: Commodities and Finance Centre
Birkbeck Centre for Innovation Management 
London Knowledge Lab
Birkbeck Centre for Applied Macroeconomics

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